Trailer for Listen Up Philip lets Jason Schwartzman be wonderfully acerbic

Sep 18
Listen Up Philip stars the always fantastic Jason Schwartzman as a self-absorbed, sarcastic writer and the equally fantastic Elizabeth Moss as his equally brusque girlfriend. Things get rocky for the couple when Schwartzman'... read
Save the intern
I first heard about Film Crit Hulk about a year ago. I had written an article about why Tom Hooper should have been drawn and quartered for his butchering of Les Miserables, and one of the commenters, rather than say anything... read feature

J.R.R. Tolkien film in the works

A reality pic about a man who created fantasy
Nov 22
With basically anything that has the name J.R.R. Tolkien attached to it printing money and a pretty interesting life story it's easy to see why a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic is in the works. The creator of Middle Earth will be join... read
The Purge 2: The Purgerer

The Purge writer/director returning for the sequel

The Purge 2: The Purgererereres
Nov 07
After a sequel to The Purge was announced shortly after it made its original run in theaters (and I apologized for it), we haven't heard much news since that announcement. That just means someone jumped the gun, right? Couldn... read
Slavoj Žižek climbs every mountain and fords every stream
Slavoj Žižek is one of the most popular public intellectuals in the world, though maybe in a "big in Japan" sort of way. (Most public intellectuals who aren't Noam Chomsky or a member of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism have ... read feature

Fifty Shades of Problems

Fifty Shades of Grey loses Charlie Hunnam, needs rewrites

Hunnam and Fifty Shades weren't drift compatible
Oct 15
Over the weekend, Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey motion picture (out August 2014 as of now) has been going through a few issues. First of all, Universal hired Patrick Marber to do some quick fine tuning of the script. Short... read

Trailer: The Counselor starring Fassbender, Pitt, Bardem

Aug 20
In The Counselor, Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer who finds himself in way over his head when he gets involved with the dangerous world of drug trafficking. Judging from this trailer, things go awry pretty badly, and Fa... read

Bret McKenzie writing a fairy tale comedy musical script

Will probably be cute and funny
Aug 08
In an interview with the dudes over at Collider, Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets fame, revealed that he is in the process of writing a script for a "fairy tale comedy musical" with "singing dragons a... read
The ups and downs of formulaic, midde-of-the-road storytelling
The summer movie season is coming to a close, and you probably noticed something about the blockbusters you watched: a lot of them were pretty much the same. The films probably told similar stories with similar plot points. F... read feature

Paul Schrader & Spike Lee may do Clarence Thomas film

The biopic would be crowdfunded
Jul 30
I unfortunately couldn't get to the world premiere of Paul Schrader's new (and quite possibly schlocky) film The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Bret Easton Ellis. The Dissolve reports that during the discussio... read

Star Trek 3 grabbing new writers

To boldly go where many other writers have gone before
Jul 23
Rumors are popping up that two new writers have been brought on for the next Star Trek film as Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof leave to go mess around with some other beloved franchise. Bad Robot, JJ Abrams production compan... read
It's hard out here for a pimp writer
I know I've heard the name Iceberg Slim somewhere before seeing the documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, but I was never aware of his literary work. Maybe Iceberg Slim was mentioned in American Pimp, the 1999 Hughes ... read feature

The Greats get more interesting and diverse
The field opens up a bit in Roger Ebert's The Great Movies II. There's more diversity to the picks and a wider (and welcome) definition of "great." The field  will continue to open in The Great Movies III, which inc... read feature

Man of Steel

Max Landis also has opinions about Man of Steel

The guy knows his Superman.
Jun 26
Man of Steel has certainly caused a ruckus with the Flixist staff. Hubes outright hates it, Matt liked it to a certain degree, Alec liked everything but the ending, I love pancakes, but we can all mostly agree that Man of St... read

Well this is interesting. Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Studios, responsible most famously for the Bioshock franchise and and less famously for SWAT 4 and Thief: The Dark Project, has been picked by Warner Bros.... read feature

Prometheus 2

Prometheus sequel is certainly happening, nabs new writer

At least it's not Damon Lindelof...yet.
Jun 18
Whether we like it or not (and despite rumblings of pre-production trouble), Fox is moving forward with a sequel to the blockbuster head scratcher, Prometheus, just as Noomi Rapace hinted at a few months back. Hey it's n... read
The first installment of an Ebert summer reading series
Roger Ebert would have turned 71 this month. His passing has left a hole in the film critic community, which doesn't seem to have a central public figure anymore. There's A.O. Scott of The New York Times, of course, but he do... read feature

Looking for the best of the best, or those who are willing to write
Do you live in LA? Do you like movies? Do you like writing words about movies and meeting famous people (or at least semi-famous people)? Then do we have the gig for you! Flixist is looking for one or two LA correspondents wh... read feature

Help fund Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Kickstart post-production on this Tribeca documentary
May 07
I really enjoyed the documentary Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, a fine portrait of one of the last great public intellectuals in American life. The film could use your help in the post-production phase, however, wh... read
A fine hurrah for a great American gadfly
It seems like we're well beyond the age of the public intellectual, or even the public author who may show society the way. Writers like Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, Paul Goodman, and others used to appear on tel... read feature

A bad young poet tries to write more good
In my blurb review for Neil Jordan's vampire film Byzantium, my main gripe had a lot to do with the age of the main character. Eleanor in that movie is a well-traveled and world-hardened 200 years old, but she's written like ... read feature

François Ozon explores the act of writing and storytelling as a kind of home invasion
There's a great short story in Richard Yates's Eleven Kinds of Loneliness called "Builders." In it, one of the characters naively but sincerely thinks of writing in terms of building houses, and the windows are places where l... read feature

The unconventional love and loss of Elizabeth Bishop & Lota de Macedo Soares
It's interesting to see screen depictions of a writer whose work you're familiar with but whose personal life is something you know little about. Their work usually makes more sense once it's been contextualized through their... read feature

Writers and directors Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar and star Brooke Bloom
[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] Direc... read feature

[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] In an... read feature

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight makes his 2013 Oscar picks

What does the sorcerer/statistician have to say about this year's Academy Awards?
Feb 22
If you're a politics nerd like me, you were probably checking Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog multiple times a day in the lead up to the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Silver's predictions for both elections were st... read

Kevin Smith considers Clerks sequel book rather than film

An episodic look at Dante and Randall with emphasis on "audience interactivity"
Feb 19
Kevin Smith has been mulling a Clerks sequel for a bit. At the end of 2012, it seemed like the only missing piece was Jeff Anderson (Randall) signing on. But then the project kept morphing, from a film, to a web series, to a ... read

Lawrence Kasdan & Simon Kinberg talk new Star Wars films

Feb 11
Jim Vejvoda of IGN had a chance to speak briefly with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg at the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards. Both writers were brought on to consult/script some of the new Star Wars material on t... read
Screenwriters and writing teams that WB should consider for the JLA film
Warner Bros. has hit a big stumbling block with the Justice League movie. Yet again. (Just ask George Miller.) The latest problem for WB: the script by Will Beall is rumored to have been terrible, so they junked it. It seems ... read feature

Del Toro to produce Secret Garden adaptation

Feb 05
Deadline is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro is set up to produce a version of The Secret Garden by Beasts of the Southern Wild writer Lucy Alibar. Universal snapped up the pitch amiss a battle of four studios... read

Ridley Scott's Prometheus is a gorgeous movie rife with half-baked, pseudo-intellectual ideas. It's also populated by embarrassingly stupid characters. A lot of my gripes fall at the feet of Damon Lindelof, who rewrote&n... read feature

Hiroshi Tasogawa's explores the unmaking of Akira Kurosawa's Tora! Tora! Tora!
There's a song on Cursive's The Ugly Organ called "Art is Hard." The title is so facile and yet you know it's true. In Les Blank's documentary The Burden of Dreams, you watch Werner Herzog suffer potential ruin in order to co... read feature

The award-winning author talks about Akira Kurosawa and the Tora! Tora! Tora! fiasco
With Tora! Tora! Tora!, producer Darryl F. Zanuck hoped to do for the Pearl Harbor attack what The Longest Day did for the D-Day invasion. To helm the Japanese sequences of the film, he enlisted Akira Kurosawa. The director f... read feature

Plans for expansion of the Star Wars universe hinted at

Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg working on the mythos
Nov 28
Although details are a little hazy at the moment, sources for THR have purportedly shed a little more light on Lawrence Kasdan's and Simon Kinberg's involvement with the Star Wars universe. It turns out they may not be tied t... read

Sources with The Hollywood Reporter say that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have signed on to write and produce Star Wars Ep. VIII and Star Wars Ep. IX. They will join confirmed Star Wars Ep. VII screenwriter Michael ... read feature

Fifty Shades Of Grey movie ties down a writer

Geddit? 'Cause the header's a tie!!!
Oct 09
Not satisfied with dominating the book charts, E.L. James' Fifty Shades Of Grey is set to firmly assert itself onto the big screen with a movie adaptation. Lord knows how Universal are going to sneak a story about S&M pas... read

Man of Steel to be 'naturalistic,' says David S. Goyer

Oct 02
I've been excited for Man of Steel for a while now. Although I'm still mad that DC rebooted the Routh version of Supes since he was awesome in Superman Returns. Superman has always been my favorite DC character too. Ther... read

The video game film adaptations continue! Following in the footsteps of such classic films as Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, and Resident Evil (amongst many others) is the God of War film. According to The Holly... read feature

Acquaviva Productions is at work on a tribute doc to Ray Bradbury aiming for a December release. Titled Live Forever: A Ray Bradbury Odyssey, it will be narrated and co-produced by Joe Mantegna. Michael O'Kelly will direct. D... read feature

Lost's Damon Lindelof brought on for World War Z rewrites

Jun 08
World War Z has just not been able to catch a break. Between untold budget problems, concessions for the MPAA, and now extensive reshoots, the Max Brooks adaptation seems to have been dealt literally every terrible hand ... read

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